Do you embrace change?

Are you someone who is comfortable with change?
Are you ready to grab on to the latest technology and products? Have you loaded up your vehicle with all the latest safety monitoring gadgetry?
Or are you someone who clings to the present?
As I sat discussing technology on Saturday afternoon, I was surprised to hear from this person that he would never ride along in a driver-less vehicle, or one that did the driving for him.
He likes the feel of the road in his hand and the speed of the vehicle in his foot. A self-driving vehicle would be too unsafe for him.
I can remember when speed controls were introduced to cars as a gas-saving, speeding ticket prevent device. I remember the questions about the safety of letting the car or truck move along at a constant speed without a foot on the gas peddle.
Many a driver said they would never have cruise control in their vehicle. It just wasn’t necessary.
Today, I doubt that there is not a single vehicle being sold in North America that does not have cruise control.
Similarly, there was a time when air conditioning was an expensive option, and many a driver felt an open window letting the breeze flow through the car at 100 km/h was more than enough cooling for travel.
Today, you seldom see a window down on even warm days of the year to let those cooling breezes sweep through a vehicle.
Those of us old enough learned to drive with a manual transmission. The trick of clutching and shifting had to be mastered, and stopping on an uphill gradient demanded a balance between clutching and having the foot on the gas peddle so you wouldn’t roll back into the vehicle behind you.
Today, a young driver would find it difficult to operate that manual transmission.
There was a time when it was the standard, and people debated the merits of switching to automatic transmissions in their cars and trucks. They still are available but as a special option (some vehicles have a hybrid option to allow one to use the automatic transmission as a manual).
But are we going to adopt driver-less vehicles? Apple, Tesla, Toyota, Ford, General Motors, BMW, and almost every automobile company today are teaming up with computer companies to perfect self-driving cars.
We already see many of the computer systems on our vehicles, such as lane departure warning, automated braking, and 360-degree tracking of vehicles.
We already are hearing the nay-sayers who believe they would never travel in a driver-less car. But large mining companies already are employing those computer systems on the large trucks that haul ore from mines to be processed.
And Toyota announced at the beginning of June that it is working at perfecting a flying car for the Japan Olympics in 2020. It was a dream in “Popular Science” in the late 1950s.
Transportation will evolve. Horses gave way to gas-driven vehicles and they, in turn, today are giving way to electrical-powered vehicles that are predicted to become the common mode of transportation in less than a decade.

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